At Corky Carroll’s Surf School, our goal is simple: to provide an exciting, safe, instructional surfing experience for any skill level. We achieve this by combining ocean awareness with expert knowledge and proven techniques in a fun, educational environment to help every student become a better surfer.
Who we are
Corky Carroll’s Surf School is a 2nd generation, family-owned and operated business that has been providing professional surf instruction for over 20 years. Our original surf school was opened in 1996 out of Huntington Beach, CA. Two years later In 1998, the business expanded to include an international location in Nosara, Costa Rica and was founded as the very first surf school in that area. With a surf camp in Costa Rica, the family decided to open the doors to their nearby private property, introducing an all-inclusive “Surf & Stay” vacation experience to travelers and surfers visiting the area.
After the original owner Rick Walker announced his retirement in the summer of 2014, the business was passed on to his children Kelsey and Collin, who continue to own and operate the schools, along with their spouses.
How we got started
In October of 1995, before any surf school had appeared in Huntington Beach, a meeting took place between a man with an idea and a local legend. At the WindanSea surf shop on Main St., Rick Walker approached surf icon Corky Carroll with a business proposition regarding the opening of a local surf school, to which Mr. Carroll agreed. When the first Huntington Beach surf school was opened in 1996, they decided to name it after Corky Carroll because of his numerous accomplishments in the surfing world. His professional surfing career earned him local and international notoriety after winning over 100 competitions, becoming a four-time national surfing champion and a five-time international champion. He is responsible for the fundamentals and techniques that we still use today.